I Miss Nas

nas.jpgNas is naming his new album Hip Hop Is Dead and, for at least this 80’s Baby, the irony is not lost. You see for the past 15 years Nasir Jones has been Hip Hop personified. As the Neo in the rap matrix, he successfully bridged the gap between the Gold Rope Chain Era and The Cristal Generation. His old school mentality mixed with his millennium flow made him the quintessential MC to carry the new school baton. Though In 2006 he’s jumping on the Hip Hop is dead bandwagon, but I don’t think he should be pointing the finger at anybody. Hip Hop is dead because Nas IS Hip Hop and he has no one to blame but himself.

Nas has been my favorite rapper for many reasons. Number 1 he doesn’t claim to be “perfect” like a lot of other people, but mainly because he’s just flat out lyrically better than anyone who’s picked up a microphone since 1992. He can get just as fly as any commercial guy or out-rap anyone okayplayer.com can throw at him. Not to mention QB’s finest isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty when the time comes. Jay-Z started getting to big for his britches? A dropped a track so powerful the name turned into an official Hip Hop verb. Rap was getting too commercial? Nasty drops “Made You Look” and introduced everyone to street hop. Queensbridge Houses hating on the golden child a little too hard? Destroyed and rebuilt the whole projects. Hot 97 acting shady? Goes to Power 105 to call Flex a homosexual payola DJ, tells Noreaga to step his rap game up, reviews Cam’Ron’s Roc-a-fella solo live on air and insinuates Nelly is a Mr. Me Too for making diss records. And I loved every second of it.

One problem I do admit Nas has is he’s lazy. Maybe it’s the lack of competition after BIG and Pac died. Then he probably felt that he conquered the world post-ether. And he’s know Russell Simmons business-wise either. Imagine if God Son bossed up a decade ago and signed all the talent that went threw his hands: 50 Cent, Foxy Brown, AZ, Nature, Bravehearts, Mobb Deep, Quan. He would’ve had a dream team 10 times bigger than the Roc-a-fella or G-Unit dynasties. Nas is kind of like Frankie Lymon Jr or Vince Carter in a way; it hurts to watch someone with all that talent just waste it away by not using it to the highest level possible.

Also there was a chain of people and events that made the golden child fall from greatness:

ALLEGEDLY SIGNING TO MURDER INC

BAD LOOK!!! Jay-Z said it best on the radio when he was talking to Angie: “Murder Inc? He isn’t a boss anymore. He’s Ashanti to me now.”

KELIS

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THE DIPS


The Dips have found creative ways to make Nas their whipping boy. Including the ingenius nickname The Kufi Smacker. Nasir not responding to them only increased there stock on the streets and sending Nashuan at them really didn’t help.

50 CENT

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All he wanted was a phone call. Just a phone call. Now Nas made a one time apprentice one of his most powerful enemies. I bet if he calls 50 on the phone right now, everything would be all good.

STREETS DISICIPLE

I personally loved that album. But most people didn’t feel the same way. They screamed for better, more diverse production. Give Kanye a chain, give Just some dust.

CARMEN

Between her book and her alleged romances with Jay-Z, Allen Iverson, Pete Rock, that guy from Paid In Full and god knows who else, it isn’t really a good look. And after he sleeps with her, you still sign to…

JAY-Z

This is where you lost most of your true fans. They didn’t know what to think of this move. No matter what anyone said bad about you, we always had ether. But now…

It isn’t over for Mr. Jones though. Nas has an incredible nack for making gargantuan sized comebacks. If one man can single-handedly bring Hip Hop back, it’s him. And I’ll be the first one at Beat Street copping it whenever you drop. Good luck!

  • http://blahhhh oh yea

    look im first dummies

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  • http://blahhhh oh yea

    oh yea that shit is retarded. that first bullshit.

  • Adam_K

    Oof

  • KR

    am i first?

    …damn…aint that a bitch

  • john cochran

    NAS IS THE ILLEST EVER WORDPLAY WISE. HE JUST DECIDES TO TAKE BREAKS WHEN THAT COMMERCIAL SHIT IS GETTIN PLAY. HE’S THE MOST WELL ROUNDED MC EVER AND BETTER THAN HOV ANY DAY. HOV GET OVER ON STLYE POINTS. I THINK NAS DOES NEED BETTER BEATS THOUGH.

  • rives305

    nice blog

  • john cochran

    NONE OF THAT STUPID SHIT CAN HURT A GIANT. THE DIPS CANT SEE EM SO THEY NEEDED A SLOGAN, HOV COULDNT SEE EM SO HE WANTED EM ON THE TEAM, AND HIM KEEPING QUIET ABOUT CARMEN IS KEEPING HER FROM BEING SUPERHEAD #2

  • Mackie

    Jay-Z is a bad move unless he knows anything about keeping your friends close and enemies closer. (Is it Jay-Z or Nas playing with the old golden rule). I got to wait to find out.

    BISHIP BOSS IS THE FUTURE
    Tell A Friend To Tell A Friend
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  • Mr.Me

    Niggas only fuck wit Nas cuz he’s laid back an he aint all amped up all the time. But when they test that nigga he always comes through an mashes on them like its nothing. I agree, I wish he was more business minded in the past, but his legacy is already in stone so…

    Jay- Z better not fuck this up. I dont trust that dude.

  • I Fux

    I agree to a certain point, NaS was my favorite rapper from like 94 to 98 in my teenage years and then I got older and starting to like Jay more, I think its because NaS lost himself around 98 to 2001 and then like 04 to 06 dude is trying to still find himself

  • http://BronxRap.com BronxRap.com

    Get off Nas’ Ddick

  • SY Young

    damn nas needs to lay off the carbs.

  • http://www.trendsettazinc.com DJ Main Event

    i prefer Jay honestly. Nas most defintely has his moments though.

    If Nas is still breathing and working for the same dude who put his baby momma in the cobra clutch on a sofa then hip-hop aint dead.

    better yet, hip-hop aint dead because people are still buying the records.

  • LOS

    Good shit. Nas cool. He on some real shit most of the time. Overall though that nigga really aint where he should be. But its his own damn fault. Like Hov said “one hot album every ten year average” and that aint gone cut it. I give him two though cause God’s Son was live.

  • LBDII

    Jay is my favorite next to Pac. But I wont lie NaS is one of the best and I think Nas’s album is one of the most anticpated ablums coming out this year. I mean supposdley coming out this year.

    Nas Is coming.

  • http://myopinionisbetterthanyours.blogspot.com Young H

    he’s contradicted himself more times than i can count. plus the 2nd verse of the blueprint 2 title track laid him to rest

  • rip

    nastradamus :(

  • Miami Monica

    Nas is kool…. But Jay is the GREATEST!!!! ;-)

  • eauhellzgnaw

    “As the Neo in the rap matrix, he successfully bridged the gap between the Gold Rope Chain Era and The Cristal Generation.”

    Whoa! This is complete bullshit. What are you, 15? Did you not hear any of his albums in the late 90s?

  • DJ Chase

    Nas is nice no denying that, and he’s had more than 2 good albums, its just that he didnt, nor could he ever make a better album than Illmatic. So the couple albums to follow didnt live up to the hype, but nothing that he did would have. The rest of his albums, minus Nastradomous (Whatever) was tight. Not the best, not 5 micds, and definitely not up to his potential as a rapper, but better than what most rappers can do with their “Best Of” collections.

    Nasty Nas is still Nasty, and still one of the best lyricist to date, but he is a perfect example of what C’s father said in “A Bronx Tale”… The worst thing in the world is wasted talent!

  • Nelson Abbey

    I totally concur

  • JJ

    Ether is almost as overrated as God’s Son himself

  • DJ Chase

    Oh yea, he lost mad respect in my eyes for signing to Jay-Z’s label. A lack of Business sense or not, there are just some lines that you dont cross, and once crossed there is no coming back.

    Publicly humiliating you and your child, there’s no truce to be made from that. Jay could shit on his baby-moms all he wants to because the bottom-line is, if she’s a bird, she’ll always be a bird, but belittling the integrity of your child, that’s cause for death in my eyes.

    And if death is not the route you choose to walk, then so be it, but to shake hands and hug this man, and even worse have him earn money off the sweat of your back… Not a good look.

  • http://myspace.com/holysmokes PAYCHEXX

    A LOT OF WHAT SICK SAY IS TRUE. BUT NAS KNOWS IN TODAY HIPHOP THE KIDS DONT LIKE LYRICS,THEY JUST LIKE HOOKS AND BEATS. SO NAS GOTTA CASH OUT BEFORE IT OVER. GOD SON ALWAYS WILL BE THE GREATEST BECAUSE EVERYBODY RESPECT HIM EVEN HIS EMEMIES. NAS WILL BOUNCE BACK.PEACE

  • Awb

    Why would he waste his time responding to the Dips? They have already dug their own graves. The mainstream and the streets have given up on them. Their gimmick is over.

    Also, why everyone thinks it’s such a bad look to sign with Jay is beyond me. Jay-Z does not own Def Jam. He is an employee of Def Jam, who can be fired at any time. If his mediocre track record keeps up he could be the next Andre Harrell.

  • Sonny Cheeba

    Signing to Jay-Z was dumb! Nas won the battle, Jay won the war- he doesn’t see that??? But regardless it’s gonna take more that Nasty “Streets Disciple” Nas to bring Hip-Hop back… where’re the new niggas???????? and not those bums u named yesterday!

  • fuckthis bullshit

    the title of this blog is mad gay

    You Miss Nas, sickamore?

    he dont return your phone calls?

  • http://www.myspace.com/myworld559 Manny

    I FEEL LIKE THIS IS NATIONAL ENQUIRE

  • INTERSCOPE JACKSON

    NAS IS A WALKING CONTRADICTION

  • Belize

    Good post….9 down 22 2 go…u waz late today sick…u gettin lazy yet?

  • Belize

    nas = the east coast GAME

  • SY Young

    why is kelis a bad thing. i mean sure his a little whipped but for a moment i thought dude was the gay rapper.

  • http://www.bookwormbrown.com bookworm brown

    sick,
    liked the piece homie BUT
    it sounds like you softened up your critique in the last line.

  • http://www.sickamore.com Sickamore

    Belize Says:

    August 9th, 2006 at 4:57 pm
    Good post….9 down 22 2 go…u waz late today sick…u gettin lazy yet?

    Naw…all the youtubes and shit…it takes a while on the xxl site…u dont see any other columnists with youtubes because they take too long

  • Belize

    ahhh…the failure to prepare is preparing for failure…..maybe thats why saigon’s album is takin so long

  • david

    wack ass snap finger bullshit is wack rap game ain’t shit no more they let this one hit wonders get a deal talk about the same shit i rather listen country music !!! motherfuckers need to step there rap game up serious

  • http://www.myspace.com/therapistmusic Therapist

    still my fav rapper… but if this album is terrible i swear i don’t know how much longer i can keep it up

    its bad enough i heard he’s working with (running to) scott storch and will.i.am… i’ll keep the faith…

    but don’t worry, there is a nas of the south… give it a year, and you will all see

  • http://what? YES

    agree with you %100.

    nas has always been my favourite emcee, and yeah signing to def jam was a bad look but i dont think its permanent.

    i think his next album will be his most commercial effort to date which kind of scares me. fucking jay-z. seriously. i always had more time for nas than jay, one of the reasons being nas would never drop a single called “bounce with me” or whatever the fuck that get jiggy shit was called.

    anyone else remember when it was confirmed nas and primo were to do album? this was early 2006 i believe, and then when nas made the move to def jam that project got shelved. really now, imagine a primo/nas album.

    new york would be on top again, fuck this “rotten album” g-unit shit.

    ONE

  • http://www.myspace.com/motionworksmusicent MwmusicGroup

    Nas is no doubt a profilic lyricist but what Nas suffers from is what I think a lack of diverse songwriting. Its cool that you appeal to coffeshop rappers, backpackers and basically people who have a thirst for what you perceive to be knowledge but as a consumer you need music on your cd’s for everyone to enjoy and Nas doesnt do that.I mean where was he going with the whole double cd overall It was a hot mess.. (total waste of a recording budget.)

    Then in steps the credibility of Nas. no one from that dudes crew has went on to franchise as an artist. He had perhaps the Scotty Pippen of rap in AZ. I believe Nas knew AZ was destined for greatness and took the necessary steps to ensure that AZ wouldnt get his just due. Look at how the Foxy Brown situation played out Nas made Jay-z name taste like shit in her mouth to where even she started to believe Jay was foul until Nas as the leader of the Firm failure to launch Foxy into superstardom. Nas is not a good judge of character for himself or other people who represent his team. Queens could have been united under the self proclaimed ” God Son ” but if you are to be the King of New York and the face of rap… your unit has to be first up talented, successful and financially stable. In all of these areas Nas continues to fail and not be inspired to make himself a better artist. Nas and his camp still live off of the glory of Illmatic fame and that all he has really to his credit is one classic album and he along with his fans constantly throw Illmatic in peoples faces to validate his failure of not being the face or leader of New York rap.

    The Jay-Z situation

    I think thats a clear case of who’s being the bigger man. Look at Nas’s contract with Columbia anyone in the know.. knows its a really not a good contract to be under in todays music market. Granted that Nas has put out more glitter than glam dating back to the I AM cd. Jay-Z with the Takeover lit a fire under Nas’s ass and pushed him to make better music.. For Nas’s fans ” Ether ” has proven only to be a confidence booster to Nas but what he failed to learn out of that whole experience is that YOU CAN NOT DEFEAT CORPORATION. Now he is Jay-Z’s employee Nas fans are quite bitter about the ” God Son ” making an alliance with a once sworn enemy. Nas isnt stupid either.. he watched his once nemesis grow from just another rapper to a business mogul.To add further insult to injury his crew is financially stable and all of your former protege’s have made alliances with him now.. 50 Cent, Foxy Brown, Mobb Deep, Noreaga so Nas is like ” Fuck it ” you cant beat him join him and get money and have these new cats off of my back. ( Camron, Dipset 50 Cent ) That was truly a no win situation for Nas and I am not mad at him at all for squashing the beef and conceeding defeat..because everyman knows when he has lost and its only pride that allows you to take further punishment.

    The New Nas..

    Nas has a chance perhaps for the first time in his career to have production from some of the games finest. Those producers will come up with a sound that will bring out the best in Nas and give him a chance to really establish himself as a good songwriter for ALL AUDIENCES and not just to underground heads, coffee and pastry shop rappers, black power militants, and dummies who wouldnt know real hip hop if the Whole Soul Sonic force taught it to them. So the new Nas has more potential than the old Nas and I look forward to checking out the new album

  • SY Young

    ^^^ i first heard about that nas and primo album like 3 years ago also a nas and az album.. primo said hiself that he was waiting on nas… so i doubt that has anything to do with the def jam thing.i belive nas is selfish wich is why he hasnt got any serious artis under him.

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    I wrote something before but the comp Fd up.

    Let’s see..

    This entry was harsh, but definitely the kinda tough love Nas needs. I really hope he’ll bring us some fire instead of the “I Am Nastradamus QBs Finest” horseshit.

    I liked Street’s Disciple alot, but it woulda been better if he woulda just come out with one cd.. Most of disc 2 was kinda ehhh.

    I lost count. Keep ‘em coming, Sick! (no ashton valderrama)

  • http://www.myspace.com/babyfazeazzazzin Edgar Allan Poor

    True blog right here….Nas of the south…well if u wanna do a A-A like den itz Lil Scrappy lmao…But besidez dat…if nas failz in his new album…Saigon Saigon Saigon Saigon Saigon Saigon

  • Belize

    Streets discpile had some cuts..especially the shoutout to Belize

    Aye SICKAMORE…got a question…y u think Joe Buddens and Redman album are pushed back? u think they tryin to hate on Jersey?

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Word up.. I’m not up on the mixtapes at all, so all I have is Budden’s first album, and altho’ the production wasn’t as good as it could’ve been, the man can fucking rap, and he spits some real shit.. It’s not all the cliche bullshit, and I respect the hell outta him for telling his story.

  • 5 STAR X-E-Q-SHUN

    Nas, w/o question, is 1 of the all-time best lyrical rappers of our time. Think about it- he owns 2 classic albums in STILLMATIC & ILLMATIC.

    Heard Nas has a new R-tist named NASHAWN that’s ready 2 blow up. Dont kno if its 4 real or not. If any1 kno, holla bac.

    It’s just 2 bad he lacks a tru bizzness mind- alining himself w/ Ja Fool(alledgedly)& Murder Stink, or whatever it’s called & second, signing onto Death, er, Def Jam.

  • Young A. Simmons

    Murder Inc was a terrible look, any one who gets within 50 yards of Ja or Ashanti is automatically a bitch.
    Don’t hate on the man for getting with Kelis, the “sucker for love” bandwagon was old 6 months ago.

    Dipset aren’t even a factor, Don’t Body Yourself is harder than anything 50 ever said about him. I also liked Streets Disiciple.

    But the killer is getting with Jay..
    Hip hop might be dead but Nas is anything but, this isn’t Busta Rhymes we’re talking bout…

    Remember last time we thought Nas was over? 2 words “Fuck Jay-Z”

  • http://www.platformlaunchaction.blogspot.com Miss Chi Chi

    Interesting way of looking at Nas, Murder Inc and Jigga Man.

    I still respected Nas when all was said and done. Never really cared much for Jay…yeah sure I got his “last” album–”The black album” but I always prefer Nas!

    And can you say G U NOT!!!!! Wack!! You barely hear from Olivia and she’s their so-called first lady…shoot we heard more of Vita when she was the “first” lady of Murder Inc before Ashanti took her shine away. Can’t knock the hustle!

  • Danja29

    Nas needs this album to be POWERFUL and a new shot in the arm (no Cam) at the same time. If this shit ain’t High-Potent (no Jay), it could be a wrap. So with tht, I understand why he’s usin’ these high-profile producers. And ain’t nothin’ wrong wit that- you see where too much Salaam Remi got him.

  • johnny p

    i agree with pretty much all of this shit. also he cant perform worth a damn, he sucks at making songs, he’s always trying some creative bullshit that is creative but sounds like shit. all we want is good music. he is the best ever but all he can do is just rap nothing else.

  • illson

    NaS is the G.O.A.T……Only Tupac was as deep, and lyrically NaS trumps Him, Big and Jay Z. His catalog is longer and boast Illmatic the greatest “Hip Hop” album ever. I agree he’s a terrible business man (Hustler?), and this is where Jay Z Trumps him. Hopefully the NaS and Jay Z alliance well give him the recognition he deserves. As for being a contradition I’ve heard the same thing said about Tupac. I think this is what makes them so appealling. Coming from the worst situations and trying to do right. Now thats “Hip Hop” not this super thug G Unit, Dip Set Bullshit………Hip Hop is Dead!

  • the dough

    First of all, Sick, you fuckin’ up with them homonyms(no homo, look it up) “And he’s know Russell Simmons” “Nasir not responding to them only increased there stock on the streets”. I thought Street’s Disciple was pretty good too. Give us Budden’s album!

  • http://www.myspace.com/plussign2 gotyouallincheck

    LOL @ the OKP jab..you’se funny man..

    You were right on some points. I disagree with the Kelis and Jay-Z move and Carmen. That was someone he was with in the past and he’s moved on. Let’s face it, dude is a grown man now, an adult, he’s not the same young bol who was observing the streets and writing things down on the pad, flipping them on beats.

    I’m excited to hear what his new album will sound like. I certainly believe it’ll shut the game down, “temporarily” only to have it reopened. You gotta love the man’s sincerity and “humble” approach.

  • http://www.myspace.com/silkhash Silk Hash Mills

    Real Talk,
    I’ve been on to Nas for a minute way like 89,90 and the only problem I have with dude is the fact that he is lazy. I feel he could take the game to the next level, but due to his lack of motivation he doesn’t. Atleast his lazy is another cats best work. The only other problem with Nasiris when dude gave me the left hand pound until I told him I worked with Preemo too..lol

  • allnice

    Nas is always gonna be the talented kid from QB projects. Signing to Def Jam was a business move with alot of money involved (10 million). Alot of cats mention Jay-Z smashing his baby moms, but son, shit happens. Niggaz want son to turn down 10 million for that? If anything, Jay-Z looks like the sucker because Nas ethered son and got 10 million for it. But enough about that, it is time to focus on Sick’s points.

    Street’s Disciple was supposedly wack, but Nas went gold on that album. You got cats like Busta Rhymes struggling to sell records and dude had superior production. Why do niggaz assume Nas is a bad business man? Do you see son spending mad loot on his beats and marketing? He knows how to manage his budget and still bang out hits, and that is why he got 10 million from Def Jam. He is gonna spend like 2 million and go either plat or gold, period. Busta Rhymes spends like 4 million and can’t even go gold. TI spend hellacash on his King album and he only went plat. Nas be using low key dudes like Salaam Remi and L.E.S. They make the same kind beats at a cheaper price, end of story.

    Stop putting Nas in the same league as them Dip Shit niggaz. Them dudes are all hustling and strugglin to make small ends meet. They tried dissing Jay-Z and Nas to get them some attention, but them niggaz can’t be bothered with them. When they albums drop though, I gurantee there is gonna be some funny songs directed at those lame fucks at just the right time.

    Son did one song with Murder Inc. and niggaz thought he signed with them. That is how bad dudes are on son’s dick. C’mon son, he ain’t sign with them niggaz.

    50 ain’t dropping them bangers like he was, so his time on top is coming to an end in the next year or so. Mobb Deep=Wood, and I don’t even wanna get into how bad Lloyd Bank is gonna flop. Why son gotta reach out to 50? For what? That nigga is Jimmy Iovine’s boy, even though he a talented dude. What a waste…..He just like Cormega, Lake, Nature, and all them other niggaz from Queens on Nas dick. He finally got some money and he gonna start acting the fool of course.

    Nas mad a mistake having a kid by that broad Carmen, but niggaz make mistakes like that all the time. Everyone from Jay-Z to Biggie had shit like that happen to them. Ain’t no nigga immune from they broad fucking some next nigga. She just turned out to be one of the worst broads……

    And finally, Jay-Z. Dude is a deeeeceeent businessman, not great, decent. He’s no Russell Simmons or Warren Buffet. He is a good rapper, though he is supremely overrated. Don’t tell me that OC, Buckshot, Pharoah Monch, and Jeru ain’t better than that nigga. We can even go song for song and compare lines, and he still doesn’t match up to the best. The fact is that son got ethered by Nas so bad that he had to retire. Nas put that nigga in the infimary and then released a Bravehearts song produced by Lil Jon taunting that nigga. I am very apprehensive about checking for this new Jay-Z album cause son prolly don’t have nothing left in the tank, like Mike with the Wizards…..

    Ok, I’m done. If you read this far, you are obviously a Nas fan or some type of masochist…….

  • rock da block

    jay-z>>>>nas
    takeover >>>ether.

    u fucking nas stans need to accept it.time has proved that the takeoevr was waay more factual,effective and prophetic while ether was all a bunch of childish name calling.

    i wonder if he knows the game is over_-jay-z

  • http://www.sickamore.com Sickamore

    allnice Says:

    August 9th, 2006 at 7:56 pm

    Ok, I’m done. If you read this far, you are obviously a Nas fan or some type of masochist…….

    Yes…Yes I am

  • http://www.myspace.com/therapistmusic Therapist

    lol @ that…. and lmao @ “homonyms… no homo, look it up”

    ha

    wait till the south gets our nas… ultra intelligent, E&J sipping rap journalist… and 80′s baby

  • H-man

    Smellz like rotton apple around here…very over produced lolol Get dat damn tattoo covered up Nas…O yeah, who iz this Jay-z guy??? Ive never heard of him…lololol

  • http://www.myspace.com/princeunseen unseen

    Hip hop is dead when it comes to the M. Cs there a lot of rapper out these new guy cant compare to the krs ones, rakiem even the Big Puns that why nas be on that shit. I mean last time nas wrote and his rhyme book was illmatic. it like Jay and the black album. that the only time they wrote.

    The murder inc was an image when nas brought down the def. jam label (he even took shots at sisko and Russell in live concerts) he had murder all rock Ill Will Shirts its was the finish of Def. Jam at the time. that why Irv say I guess Nas got what he wanted. plus irv was trying was mad with jay or that JA

    Dipset is not on his level as a M.C____ (H)ouse (I)n (V)irgina only way you sicker than us got caught with 22 now use a ridiculous fuck it OK with the gun play cause you dying anyway.
    Zone Out Stillmatic

    on 50 nas said he didnt listen to mixtapes he didnt know 50 was on the j-lo plus hes Nas he put 50 shot his first video when they was blocking him he upped his statis. he said at the bars on who i rep with

    Every body baby moms get touched and some of this rapper be getting fucked by non rapping dudes.

    nas will do his number he doesn’t like to be predicable

  • thechi2000

    Ya’ll niggas is stupid… Ya’ll keep bringing up the fact that jay smashed his bm, so what maybe that don’t really hold know weight with the kid he tryna get his bread he not even on that, only bitch niggas would keep bringing that up, and all you pussy niggas that keep referencing that are showing how much bitch is in you… He supposed to pass on mills over a bitch? Plus you niggas is on jay nuts so hard cause he the president & his bitch is Beyonce and he this he that, take his nuts outcha mouth!!! Lyrically jay is aiight but he ain’t even seeing nas…

  • face

    nas iz ill

    i don’t care about rap beef

    hip hop is dying..not dead

  • http://myspace.com/dnero1 Dneroda1

    Nas is number 3 on my all-time list(1.B.I.G. 2.Hov..sorry Pac fans) but he’s just a little too much for the average rap fan of 2day…sorry but if u buyin a d4l album i don’t think nas is for u..and all the real hip hop heads don’t buy albums ne more(fuckin pricks!!)..he’s just another great rapper lost in this bullshit we call rap..i’ll cop his next joint but i’m in the minority…and hip hop ain’t dead its just wack rite now..every fuckin 5 years some1 sayin hip hop is dead than wat the fuck r u listenin to..damn i O’ded on this shit…1

  • rome

    I think nas’s problem is in his incosistency (not sure about the spelling). He’s been unable to maintain that greatness over his whole career. It’s like there’s two different Nas’s; Illmatic Nas, and Nastradamus Nas.

  • bob

    who the fuck is sickamore? Anyways Nas is the shit. No denying that. Dudes got classics. “made you look”, “nas is like”, “you’re the man”, and “street dreams (remix) are my favorites. Lyrically, dude is top notch. But real talk: hova got way more flows. And niggas need to get off that “oh he fucked yo baby mom” bullshit. Sickamore just jealous he aint get a turn cuz you no that nigga aint gettin no play.

  • E man

    Nas Is the Greatest MC Jim jones is jealous because Nas can do something He will never do thats go platinum. Nas might do some commercial shit but he never sold out and thats why the real miss Nas.

  • thoreauly77

    i dont know why everyone is so bummed — when it comes to true lyricism we all know yung joc wipes the floor with nas — its just simple math like ABC.

  • http://UG-RS.com Tyler

    Just think about this before U come back with some slick talk fellas. . .

    Now after Either, What if Nas would have man’d up and signed with G Unit to 50 who was and really is someone dat look’d up 2 Nas? He would have been more down wit’ Dre & Jimmy wit all the interscope money and marketing behind him.
    Rather than signed with someone ‘dat wit up in his babies mom & tried 2 shut him down & Rap his ass right out of the Rap game? Wow. . Now that would have been thinkin’ like a G. No matter what U think about G Unit 4 Nas, that would have been thinkin with a military mind state ya’ dig. That shit bout going 2 Jay was weak & not the move and I dig the dude Nas, he tight but yea’ man he be missing in action more than the guy that was driving the Bronco for O J. And Nas sayin’ “hip hop is dead” is like Iverson sayin’ he hate basketball & Micheal Jordan, Like Malcome X sayin’ he hate black people. When U niggas gonna learn, don’t bite the fuckin’ hand ‘dats feeding U? Which is why 2pac wouldn’t let ThugLife go after he went 2 jail cause U gotta dance wit the lady ‘dat brought U 2 the dance ya’ dig? Get lifted at: http://www.myspace.com/marcmaysrockandrollthug
    http://www.myspace.com/marcusorealiusmusic

  • Y.D.W.S.J

    yo nas lookin a little hefty in this pic…looks like a man hu has given up on life…

  • hip hop

    this goes out to the 80s baby. claiming you got the most responses.. let’s see if you read em. first of all, i like your opinions but you’re an A&R of a record label. get a spell/grammar check cause your blogs read like a 8th grade crack baby wrote it.

    ( i.e. “And he’s know Russell Simmons business-wise either. Imagine if God Son bossed up a decade ago and signed all the talent that went threw his hands”… god damn. its just sad to see a brother seem so illiterate.

  • Vindi

    You wanna talk about contradictions, for u G-Unit fans may i remind you 50 cent stated many times before that shit second album if he DID NOT SELL MORE THAN HE DID ON GET RICH IT WOULD BE A FAILURE… it didn’t, yet do any of you remember or u got selective memory

    http://www.soundclick.com/se23sfinest

  • P

    Sickamore
    Not only do you really write a new post every day like you promised, but you make them interesting as well, + sprinkled with links and youtube inserts.
    Thanks, and keep it up!

  • DJ N-Credible

    YOU LEFT OUT THE FACT THAT THIS DUDE WENT THROUGH DOWN TIME WHEN HIS MOTHER WAS SICK AND DYING…DONT YOU THINK THAT DESERVES TO BE MENTIONED…NAS PUT IN HIS WORK…HE’S ALREADY SOLIDIFIED AS A LEGEND…HE DOESN’T HAVE TO DO ANYMORE OR PROOVE ANYTHING…BUT HE IS DOING HIP-HOP A FAVOR BY COMING OUT WITH ANOTHER ALBUM WHICH WILL PROBABLY REDIRECT THE DIRECTION OF THINGS JUST AS 50 CENT DID WHEN HE CHANGED THE COMPLEXION OF THE GAME…NAS****PARTNERING****WITH JAY-Z IS A GOOD MOVE GIVEN THE DIRECTION HIP HOP IS HEADED…IF YOU ASK ME ALL THE VETS NEED TO COME TOGETHER AND SERVE AS THE STEERING COMMITEE FOR THIS HIP HOP MOVEMENT…IF NAS AND JAY COULD DO IT AFTER THEIR RUN IN IM SURE THE OTHER VETS COULD PUT ASIDE THEIR DIFFERENCES AND BRING TRUE HIP HOP TO THE FORE FRONT…NAS IS WHAT REMAINS OF HIP HOP AFTER BEING MUGGED BY CORPORATE AMERICA

  • DJ N-Credible

    THE NEXT ALBUM WILL BE A COMBINATION OF IT WAS WRITTEN AND I AM

  • Thor

    Nas needs a blueprint-beats album. Too many lackluster, corny beats on hist last ones….lost tapes was far better than god’s son, streets disciple. why? no corny hooks, balanced musical soundscape..

  • http://www.facebook.com DEDICATION

    NAS IS THE TRUTH I WISH HIM AND AZ WOULD PATCH THINGS UP BECAUSE THEY WERE A GREAT TEAM!!!!!SEL

  • DJ N-Credible

    Make it official…request a new FIRM album

  • http://www.myspace.com/writeonpointmagazine janice

    Nas has always been ultra laid back, but I agree he doesn’t seem very business minded, and he has talked about his label Ill Will Records for the past 10 years now, but where are the artists???

  • big rizz

    “Gangssters do what they want, suckers do what they can”-”I did it my way” Nasir Jones….Real ass talk! Who said he has to be russell simmons? How can we judge what another man does with his life? The nigga from the projects and is probably happy with his wife his kids and the 3mill Jay-z gave him. Real niggas dont need the spotlight and the Dipset nigga need to sell some records instead of beef which is why all these Down bottom niggas stunt on us every chance they get….( my fam is from south carolina (as well as all our ancestors so i cant hate) but that nigga gonna do what he wants. He dont come out hating on niggas randomly dudes talk about him. At the end of the day every man has to be his own man an make his own mistakes…

  • http://rockthedub.blogspot.com khal

    good points sickamore… i never did get to hear nas air those niggas out on power 105… i wonder if that audio is around on mp3…

  • FL. BOI

    Good blog Sickamore. I like everybodys feedback too.

    My random thoughts:
    1. Nas is the illest & capable of turning the tide in Hip-Hop. Wish he did more videos w/ AZ though.

    2. Not an aggressive business man, but then again, mo’ money, mo’ problems.. lets not over-extend ourselves.

    3.Anybody can get caught up w/ a no good biatch.Da shit happens everyday, rich & po’ muhfuckas

    4. Dipset is some funny dudes. Not to be taken seriously. they got beef w/ BOTH powerhouses in the hip-hop game.

    5. Kelis is a bad broad. I woulda wifed her too.

    6. 50 is got good business sense but very little respect amongst real street niccas.

    Hip – Hop is dying.

  • wtt@

    why is kimora lee simmons head bigger than 50′s?

    im convinced shes a male tranny russell married to cover up his hustle

  • jUSTpASSINGbY

    Yo stop hypin this nigga up like he a Hip Hop Jesus. If Nas was as nice as he’s acclaimed to be.. then he’d be in jay shoes not the other way around.

    Jay decides how much he get paid

    And jim Jones would slap the cow milk outta that nigga.

  • Belize

    lol on cow milk…dawg i almost coughed on my spit laughing

  • DJ N-Credible

    Money and business aint got nothing to do with hip hop momo…and as far as Kelis i think it was a bad move…u cant trust these bitches today…im gonna give my WIFE 60% of my trust…i aint a sucker for luv…ask sam rosteine from casino whats up

  • big rizz

    jay-Z is in his shoes becuz he mad relationships with the right people. And once again he is only the president and CEO. Def Jam was sold to the white man a long time ago…..He is only a figure head and controls the def jam staff i.e. the people that work in the building. He can get fired also hes not the owner….Do ya homework people! And as far as the BM shit…they always fucking somebody anyways that aint got shit to do with nas if his BM is a stunt! And finally Jay-Z doesnt dictate how much NAS gets paid. The people that pay Jay-z (6 mill annually!!) are the ones that do.

  • BRAD

    who gives a shit if he made those so-called bad looks. im glad he didnt go runnin around wit that faggot 50. he shitted on Jay, but then was man enuf 2 squash that beef & make the right move on2 def jam.

  • Keith White

    Hip Hop grew as a counter-culture movement and Nas is the embodiment of going against the culture…that’s why he defines hiphop. He didn’t lose by signing to Def Jam because he merely partnered with them and Sony. Def Jam only has marketing and profit share rights but the masters still belong to Sony… in essence, Nas simply got a big check in order for Sony to split their rights with Def Jam.

    I am glad that you recognize that HipHop’s fate is in the hands of Mr. Jones’ next opus (not the sales of his album, but the sound).

  • DA 4 BUILDING

    I like Nas but Cormega make better albums than he does. He shits on Prodigy who held down those crappy ass albums he was coming with and he chages his mind 2 much. That’s why Nore slapped him in the head with a vase. And Lost Tapes was waaay better than I Am, God’s Son, and Streets’s Disciple. Your boy needs 2 b more critical when picking out beats. But he is one of the best lyricists ever.

  • http://www.urbanology101.com The Critic

    NOW THAT’S A FUCKING BLOG. GOOD WORK DUDE

  • Nay Nimley

    this IS Nas we talkin bout. Nuff said, jus make sure to let Preemo get ATLEAST 4 tracks on the new album, and let Large Pro, and Pete Rock get some shine. Even Hav or Alchemist and we’ll be good

  • DJ N-Credible

    Lost Tapes is better than I AM…are you stupid or something…I AM came out in 99 and was the perfect album for the time…i remember listening to that album nonstop until I learned all the lyrics(that were in the booklet that comes with the Authentic CD)…lost tapes has some joints but it is just that tapes a mix tape not a album…nas’s mix tapes are worthy of being an official album

  • Boston

    Good look on the topic, Sickamore. One of the best Hip-Hop columns I’ve read in a long while.

  • DA 4 BUILDING

    I Am was okay not a perfect album. It was Written & Illmatic were perfect. If you were into that pop shit then yeah I Am was perfect for 99. U could see how he was going 2ward that Nastradamus shit from I Am.

  • Mrs.Jones

    I MISS NAS!

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  • Wez

    I got all the Nas and all the Jay albums, I like all Jay-z albums, can’t say that about Nas. I think the Takeover is better then Ether but Super-Ugly was a mistake, putting that out the day after. In the 2nd verse of The Blueprint, there are some strong facts there against Nas.

  • che

    congratulations you are the most illiterate blogger on the site. Did am 8 year old ghost write this?

  • rap-artis

    No doubt that signing with Murder Inc. was the worst mistake Nas has ever done. I mean a rapper like Nas singing with the worst bitch ass nigga in the world….Ja Rule, can’t believe it, just can’t believe it. And everytime G-Unit diss Ja, they’re always correct. It’s just like Ja was born to be dissed by 50 & his crew.
    As 50 says:
    “lil nigga named Ja think he live like me”
    “talkin’ ’bout he left the hospital took nine like me”
    “You livin’ fantasies nigga, I’ve been checkin’ deposit”
    “When’s ur little sweat ass gonna come outta that closet”
    “Now he wonderin’ why DMX blowed him out”
    “Next time grown folks talkin’ BITCH close yo mouth”

  • leo

    jim jones is one the wackest rappers of all time…top 5…dat nigga aint got notin on Nas…and as far as the jay-z move i respect that cause the reason the east aint runnin shit its cuz all we do is go at eachothers throats, if we had compilation tracks or niggas comin togetha like dat more often the story would b different…

  • Prince of the South

    50 and nas need to squash it so they can bring NY back the right way. Three of NY’s biggest sellers on one song. Nas, 50, and Jay. That’s what they need to do. Nas better bring it on his new album b/c he signed to the man that slept with his baby’s mother. LMAO.

  • J

    lol, i can’t believe you guys are even disputing the fact that Nas the best rapper ever, sure you may not like all his albums but thats because Nas takes a new approuch,sound and direction to every album he does(which is probably why it takes him longer to try and perfect his work)…unlike 50 cent, no doubt the guys got talent but his shit all sounds the same, “guns,drugs,violence,g-g-g-g-g-g-g-unit blah blah blah” i just wish he could be as bold as Nas and try to take himself to a new level with his every release (whether it works or not). I also think that Nas joining Def-Jam looks like a bad move for him and it looks like he’s surrendered his crown to jigga……but i’d like to think that the two of them decided to bring an end to their ever-lasting beef for the sake of hip-hop. Seeing as the game looks in a pretty bad way at the moment with all the commercial shit on the air, i think this could be a real blessing to the industry, who cares who’s an employee of who?, as long as we get some Nas and Jay-Z collabo’s, it’s all good lol, no doubt they’ll bring the best out of each other.

  • XXXXXXXXXXXXL

    LMAO @ him being able to outrap anything Okayplayer.com can throw at him…. that’s just dumb.

  • King of 718

    Nas is gonna make a MAJOR come back on his new album and dipdicks they can go suck a cock nas could beat all of dipset at a emc battle.

  • B more Russell

    Nas is more than just a Rapper people this is the point no one has manged to capture he is a Living Legend like Hova , I m not a hater gotta give hove his props. But to yall who dont know what he means by hip hop is dead (and you dont need to be an old head to know this) Me I am 25 so thats bs.But what he means is the Fans need to be more aware of what they are buying.Stop accepting this lack luster shit with no lyrics heart or Foundation of what this Rap shit is.Its entertainment second,1st its a story of the hood a relieve to those who were forced to live through it and its nas , jay , 50 cent ect job to paint, tell, recite this art started by the great and emulated by the best to date . And its our jobs as fans to stop letting Artist get rich by putting out bull shit and every one buying itup and passing it off to the masses as true hip hop shit makes me sick . Has Nas painted master peices

  • B more Russell

    for some reason my shit fucked up couldnt finish my blog but here is the end. Has nas made master pieces every time up to bat no but his true fans have stuck by him the million or so fans who cop his album every release. But lets bereal nas is nas he has blessed the streets with classics so have some others in the game now. The question is is hip hop dead YES it is and until a artist drops a album that is ILLMATIC worthy to show the fans true hip hop in ths crystal and ice era it will continue to be dead. The message stop coppin this under par rap because us the fans are the only ones who can truely resurect true rap

  • stiefel

    to the person writing about nobody out of the firm havin success…
    look at cormega

    p.s.: great blog (i like the video links a lot)

    pz

  • CARLOS NYC BX

    YO NAS IS THE BEST AFTER BIGGIE N 2PAC..WHEN EM NIGGAZ WAS OUT NO ONE COULDNT BLOW AND SALE BUT ONLY NAS… JAY Z NEEDED FOXY…IIGHTMOTHER FUCKERS NAS IS THE GREATESTNOW N ALWAYSWILL BE…N THE ONLY NIGGA THAT WILLGIVE HIM SUM COMP…ISLLOYD BANKS IIGHT NIGGAZ…..OTHER THEN THAT NO ONE NOT M&M 50 CENT JAYZ FUCK EM THOSE NIGGAZ….NAS RAP WHEN HE WAS JUST A KID…JAY Z DIDINT BLEW UP TILL BIG N 2PACDIED NIGGAZ ….N YEA JAYZ MORE BUISS MINDED BUT THAT NIGGA WENT TO COLLEGE SO WHAT SHIT HE RAPPING ABOUT BEING FROM THE HOOD STRUGGLE NIGGA PLZ ….NAS DONT NEED TOCUM OUT EVERY 4 MTH…HE CAN WAIT 4 YEARS AND STILL SALE..CUZ NIGGAZ LIKEMEWILL STILL BY…Y???? CUZ HE TALKS THE REAL SHIT..THE STREETS.//// NOT MONEY NOT BITCHZZ… BUT ABOUT HOW U LIVE AND HOW U DIE…AND ALL THE BULL SHIT THATS COMESALONGWITH IT ONE LOVE TO MY NIGGA NAS AND NOTORIOUS BIG …FUCK EM ALL THOSE OTHER DICKS…N JOE BUNDS U WACK NIGGAZ GET RHYMES FROM CASTIDY DICK HEAD//////!!!!!!!! NYC BX !!!!!!

  • zack

    nas is the greatest rapper ever along with Krs-One and Rakim

  • phellie

    sicamore gave some real time points on the man, and the only reason he over on def jam iz because him and jay-z plotting on camron and the diplomats

  • Jay

    Who cares if jay slept with carmen aka STD…she’s a bird….It’s sad for Nas’s Son but wat can you do once a H** always a ehhhhh you get the point…..Nas Is straight Chillin with his girl kelis,…so jay go after carmen aka STD!! who cares if nas signed to Def Jam….His beef with Jay-z was good for Hip Hop especially now cause it’s ending the way it is, as a partnership rather than in a grave(R.I.P Pac & Big)…So all ya saying that he losing respect for signing with Def Jam are wrong…It’s good for Business he getting money, getting publicity, and all the hype and I know he aint gonna let us down…..To sum it all up… His beef with jay is the past….Him and and carmen aka STD past….Jay wanna get second on it let it be…Real Talk

  • Trae Bizzo

    Nas is forever the greatest Mc of his time. He don’t have to drop hints about it or shove micheal jordan of rap or “best rapper alive in your ear every song. I think it was frustrating for jay to put hit after hit out and still get smacked with illmatic. it is what it is he chose to rap about bitches and hoes every album and nas took it to another level without gimmicks. Jay will forever be like little brother always wanting what big brother has from his girls to his status in hip hop. When he gets what he wants out of nas then we will see the jay from the past just ask big jaz and dame.

  • Queens Repasenta

    Nas is that nigga……..the only nigga to come out first album (illmatic) certified classic……..no famous guest appearances….. a little verse by AZ which he ripped by the way….. just ten tracks of straight fire……i even listen to the fuckin intro….illmatic will always be in rotation……so therefore Nas will always be that nigga….and he reppin Queens to the fullest

  • European export

    Besides PAC, nas was my favorite rapper! But i will admit i lost alot of respect for him as a man and an artist. Becuz Jay-z sleeping with your baby mother isn’t the worse.. it’s (and i quote 50 cent here) your mom dies, your grieving and niggas comming a you in your time of grief! That to me is UNFORGIVABLE!! But Illmatic, I AM and God’s son are three of the best hip hop/ rap albums ever.

  • QUEEN

    NAS CHANGED THE GAME 10+ YEARS STRONG. FROM ILLMATIC 2 STILLMATIC AND ALL THE ON THE LOW JOINTS LIKE DEATH OF ESCOBAR AND THE REST OF THE REALINESS ONE LOVE NAS (QUEEN)

  • Xerves

    how the fuck is 50 nas’s most powerful enemy. 50 throws kindergarden disses at nas calling him names like “window shopper”. When we all now that nas helped 50 blow up. 50′s the window shopper, getting envious of all the skill he cant have. They said that the song “Piggy Bank” was supposed to bury all of 50′s enemies, but it was probably the weakest beef song I’ve heard. Then nas completely murdered 50 with “dont body ya self” even though it was an underground release and wasn’t completely about 50, he hit harder than any of 50′s bullshit name calls.